Exhibition Opening | "A Perfect Likeness": Folk Portraits and Early Photography
This exhibition will show how early photography contributed to the demise of folk portraiture in the 1840-50 period. Established painters were deeply affected by the invention of the daguerreotype and their reactions to this early photographic method varied. Some painters stopped painting and sought new occupations; others adapted their style to try to compete with the daguerreotype likenesses; yet others embraced the new technology and became daguerreotypists themselves. Their decisions were undoubtedly based partially on business concerns, stage of career, and the individual desire for artistic expression. Regardless of their responses, it became clear almost immediately that the American public would embrace this new technology, making painted portraits virtually obsolete, by creating what artists and daguerreans alike called "a perfect likeness."
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